En español | North Dakota is the only state that doesn’t require voter registration. Any registered voter may cast an absentee/mail ballot, but only some counties offer early in-person voting.
The 2022 midterms decided races for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, state Legislature and several state offices. The next statewide election is in 2024, with municipal elections being held that same year.
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North Dakota does not require voter registration. Any eligible voter (U.S. citizens 18-plus who live in North Dakota and have lived in a specific precinct for at least 30 days) may vote if they provide acceptable identification. Options include a state-issued driver’s license, nondriver’s ID card, tribal ID or long-term care ID certificate.
No, but voters may only cast ballots for candidates from one political party in the primary.
Any eligible voter in North Dakota may request an absentee/mail ballot. You’ll need to submit a new application each year, but you can choose to receive them for multiple elections in that year if your address does not change.
Apply for an absentee ballot by mail or in person.
You can also fax your absentee ballot application or attach a scanned copy to an email and send it to your county auditor’s office.
Mail your absentee ballot application at least 10 days in advance of Election Day; otherwise it is recommended to hand-deliver your ballot to avoid mail delays.
Yes — use the state’s absentee/mail ballot tracker.
County commissions decide whether to offer early in-person voting. Locations, dates and times will be available at Vote.ND.Gov closer to an election. Enter your address and zip code into the “My Voting Information” sidebar.
Check when and where to cast your ballot on the state's "My Voting Information" portal.
Yes. Identification must include your name, current North Dakota residential address and date of birth. A state-issued driver’s license, nondriver’s ID card, tribal ID or long-term care ID certificate is acceptable.
If your ID does not include your residential address or date of birth, or your residential address is not current, you can supplement the ID with another document, such as a current utility bill, current bank statement or a check.
If you are unable to show a valid form of ID but qualify to vote, you can mark a ballot that will be securely set aside. You must then either present valid ID at the polling place on Election Day or at your county auditor’s office by the deadline listed at Vote.ND.Gov.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Nov. 23 with more information about voting in North Dakota. The guide was first published on July 20, 2020.
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